Supplementing Your Diet

The 2000-year-old quote from Hippocrates, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine thy food,” still holds a lot of meaning today.  However, today’s food is a far cry from what is was. To say that modern fruits and vegetables are not nutritious would be an exaggeration – produce is a fantastic, nutrient-dense food source. However, modern produce does not have the same nutritional value as fruits and vegetables grown even as recently as 50 years ago.  Unfortunately, soil depletion, a side product of intensive modern industrial agricultural methods, has led to soil that does not have the same nutrient content as soils from 50 years ago, ultimately reducing the vitamins and minerals in the fruits and vegetables grown in that soil.

Studies show that there has been a decline in the amount of protein, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B2, and vitamin C in more than 40 commonly consumed fruits and vegetables – all in the last 50 years.  In fact, scientific evidence indicates that vitamin, mineral, and protein content has decreased by 5-40% or more in fruits and vegetables.  And while this may be mitigated by eating organic fruits and vegetables, our planet’s soil has been so badly damaged that even eating organic may not be enough.

Not only is the nutrient content of the most nutritious foods in our diet declining, so is our ability to absorb valuable nutrients from food.  Herbicides bind to minerals in our gut, reducing their bioavailability; digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and issues with stomach acid can cause vitamins and minerals to pass through our digestive system unabsorbed.

These types of studies underscore the importance of supplementing your diet so that you can enjoy all of the pleasures that life has to offer.  Numerous studies show that simple supplementation with a multivitamin can fill in many of the nutritional gaps left by our modern diets and modern food.  We recognize that we don’t all eat the same diet and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to supplements, so we have resources to help you determine which supplements are right for you. The book Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing is a great place to start, or consider speaking with the Nutritional Health Coach at your store to help create a unique supplement program geared toward your health goals.



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